The cold weather has played havoc with Wildcats’ tennis so far this season. A dual match at Sherman has been postponed twice. The Wildcats’ varsity was able to play in their first and only tournament of the season so far last Friday(January 26) at Hallsville.
Wildcats Tennis Coach Tony Martinez said it was a tough day for the Wildcats. He added they played well despite making a lot of mistakes. Coach Martinez said they made too many errors serving and returning serve. He was proud of the veteran boys’ doubles team of Jonah Kirkpatrick and Alex Benitez. They won a first round match and then were defeated by a top team from All Saints, 8-6. Coach Martinez said all the Wildcats competed well.
He said the weather has been better this week allowing practices each day. Coach Martinez said spring tennis is all about improving and winning matches to earn higher seeding at the district tournament in early April. The varsity plays again in a sixteen-team tournament in Kilgore next Friday (February 9). Players are guaranteed four matches each. Coach
Martinez said he also took some of his younger varsity players and JV players to a tournament at John Tyler Thursday (February 1). A mixed doubles team and a boys B doubles team both finished first. A mixed doubles B team was second. A girls doubles team was third. Kirkpatrick finished fifth out of sixteen players in boys singles.